Environment

Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project

When up and running, the Fosen Vind wind farms are expected to generate 3.4 TWh of electricity annually
When up and running, the Fosen Vind wind farms are expected to generate 3.4 TWh of electricity annually
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When up and running, the Fosen Vind wind farms are expected to generate 3.4 TWh of electricity annually
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When up and running, the Fosen Vind wind farms are expected to generate 3.4 TWh of electricity annually

The newly-announced Fosen Vind project will comprise six wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW, more than the current total installed capacity in Norway and on track to become the largest of its type in Europe.

The Fosen Vind project's combined capacity will also make it the fourth largest in the world. The Gansu Wind Farm in China, currently under construction, is listed as the largest with an eventual expected capacity of 6,000 MW.

Fosen Vind is a joint venture between Statkraft, TrønderEnergi and Nordic Wind Power. Its €1.1 billion (US$1.2 billion) portfolio will include the Harbaksfjellet, Roan, Storheia, Kvenndalsfjellet, Geitfjellet and Hitra 2 wind farms.

The wind farms are to be located on the Fosen peninsula, the island of Hitra and in Snillfjord, which between them are said to offer some of the best conditions for generating wind-power in Europe. It is expected that the project will generate 3.4 TWh of electricity annually.

Construction of the wind farms is due to begin in the second quarter of this year and is slated for completion in 2020.

Source: Statkraft

3 comments
RalphEllis
1,000mw, eh? Well, since Norwegian wind farms only work 25% of the time, that is only 250mw. And since they never work when you want them to, they will also need a 1,000mw fossil fuel generator, sitting alongside it. Otherwise, a great Scandinavian anticyclone will develop in mid-January, and there will be no wind, and no energy, and lots of freezing people. So to produce a reliable 1,000mw, you have just quadrupled the cost, and produced a system that is primarily fossil-fuel based, with little or no reduction in emissions. Great plan...
robo
I wonder how many bird species will go extinct because of these new windmills? And how many acres of land will go sterile because earthworms stay miles away from windmills (they don't like the vibrations and sound caused by windmills)?
Grainpaw
The only time deniers are concerned about the environment, or worry about people freezing in the dark, is when a green project that competes with fossil fuels is being discussed. I wonder how many fossil fuel firms will have depleted their resources, caused environmental damage, or gone bankrupt by 2020?
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